Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Relax and Enjoy California Sparkling Wine

One of my favorite settings in all of wine country is the patio at Domaine Carneros. Life doesn't get much better than sitting outside on a sunny afternoon, gazing out over the vineyards, and drinking sparkling wine.

Domaine Carneros is best known for it's three sparkling wines. (While it is legal to call sparkling wine "Champagne" in the United States, to the rest of the world "Champagne" is sparkling wine produced only in the Champagne region of France.) However, it also produces some pretty good Pinot Noir.

When you visit the winery, I recommend ordering a sampler of the three sparkling wines or three red wines (usually three different Pinot Noirs or two Pinots and a Merlot). Domaine Carneros is one of the few wineries that serves food, so you may want to pair your wine with a cheese or caviar plate.

Domaine Carneros is open later than most wineries -- until 6:00 p.m. -- so it's a perfect spot to end your day of winetasting. The winery also offers a 45-minute tour to explain how sparkling wine is produced. Domaine Carneros is located on Highway 121 in the Carneros Region of Napa County.

If you would like to take a tour that includes a stop at Domaine Carneros, feel free to call me to book our 4.5-hour Taste of Wine Country Tour or our 8-hour tour to the Napa or Sonoma Valley. You can reach me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or by clicking here.

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